Hiding a projector screen in your home theater

Projector screens can become the dominant feature of a room if they are not concealed. While some people like this look in dedicated home theater rooms, the idea of a giant screen overpowering the room did not go over well with my wife. She pictured the multi purpose room loosing its cozy, inviting feel and, instead, feeling more like an office or a classroom. So, hiding the giant white screen became a priority for both of us.

The solution

I decided to build a wall/fascia that extends downward from the ceiling with an open space behind it which would house my projector screen.

Initially I wanted to do a drop down screen from the rafters. That sounded like a really clean and professional look. Unfortunately, the beams in the rafters were not running parallel to position that I was mounting the screen which made it more difficult for me to build a box in the rafters. I am sure there could have been a way around this but I did not feel like hacking up the beams in the rafters.

The pictures

Now that the wall is completed, it looks like this:

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Here are a few other pictures of the project at various stages of completion.

Experimenting with wall height before building.
Experimenting with wall height before building.
The wall before texture and paint
The wall before texture and paint
Looking up into the space where the screen is hidden.
Looking up into the space where the screen is hidden.

Other benefits of this approach

Since the area hiding the screen is “open” and not a tight fit, this will allow me to change screen vendors and even go with a larger screen in the future.

The wall also doubles as a surface for future decoration.

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